Lincoln Mullen’s internet weblog

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2019-09-20: Writing my abstract today for this symposium on “Religion in Place: Spaces | Borders | Bodies” which …

2019-09-12: To be fair, history is hard.

2019-09-02: In honor of Labor Day, I give you these two images.

2019-09-01: Grilling by headlamp.

2019-08-31: Is it just me, or is it super weird that the Museum of the Bible would make a video about my …

2019-08-31: Team teaching Here’s a thought that occurred to me this week. I’ve read hundreds of scholarly books …

2019-08-31: It was a whirlwind first week of the semester. For two days I think I did literally nothing but talk …

2019-08-23: Here’s the syllabus (PDF) for American Scriptures, a class I teaching for the second time and …

2019-08-23: RRCHNM has published the second issue of Current Research in Digital History, a journal that …

2019-08-23: This is the week where I write to a dozen people asking when their work will be done, and a dozen …

2019-08-19: Syllabus for a class I’m teaching this fall.

2019-08-19: Length of time I used communication technology before being utterly exhausted with it: email: 15 …

2019-08-08: Any of you IndieWeb folk have a non-creepy alternative to Google Analytics?

2019-08-08: What’s the name for this law of the internet? All publishing venues sooner or later dispense …

2019-08-06: My two favorite peer review comments of all time are (1) that I am a “Catholic triumphalist” (if …

2019-07-30: Well, there’s your problem right there.

2019-07-29: Nothing makes me feel better as a teacher than to see a bunch of students who took a course with me …

2019-07-23: If you are a sysadmin interested in working in the DC-area, and if you value a free and open web …

2019-07-23: But if you think that lighthouse poem is cute, here is one she wrote for one of her stories. 😵

2019-07-23: A poem my daughter wrote as a birthday present for her grandmother.

2019-07-23: Starting to think in a serious way about classes for the fall. Here’s what’s on deck: …

2019-07-23: It is comforting to know that if I ever run out of ideas, I can redo my old work and call it “live …

2019-07-22: A fair number of people who aren’t my students or colleagues ask me for advice about digital …

2019-07-21: Now that the Red Sox are losing to the Orioles we can officially call this a bad season.

2019-07-19: Congratulations to GMU’s Jeri Wieringa, who completed her PhD today with her dissertation “A …

2019-07-18: Anyone who thinks the internet is an immaterial abstraction has never had to work on the internet in …

2019-07-03: In a turnabout of events, the 7 y.o. says we can’t go out to lunch yet because she is the one …

2019-07-02: Two hours to write the script in Go, which then takes two hours to run. Could have written the …

2019-07-01: Does anyone else mistakenly type terminal commands in iMessage threads to their loved ones?

2019-06-30: Have to agree with the Washington Post that the Museum of the Bible’s “sound shell” is pretty cool.

2019-06-28: Susan Schulten explains how maps were made during the Paris Peace process in the aftermath of WWI.

2019-06-13: My colleagues and I are working on digitizing the 1926 Census of Religious Bodies. Or—I should …

2019-06-12: The most productive I’ve been as a writer was while writing dissertation and also watching my …

2019-05-21: What are you citizens of the free republic of Micro.blog using for an RSS reader these days? …

2019-05-20: Here is what some colleagues at RRCHNM and I will be working on next.

2019-05-20: It’s amusing to read all these articles about how you have to minify your markup and transpile your …

2019-05-20: The 3y.o. is pedantic about grammar and word choice and not shy about correcting anyone, but then, …

2019-05-16: Why is it that every humanities use of maps begins with a disclaimer that maps can tell lies? Is it …

2019-05-16: Called Hover. They picked up right away, and in two minutes I had the answer to my problem and it …

2019-05-15: In a twist on the usual “write my own blog engine before I write a blog post” story, …

2019-05-14: I really like the Spotify playlists for the characters on Halt and Catch Fire, like this one for …

2019-05-14: For unfathomable reasons, when you submit final grades they are listed as A, A+, A-, because you …

2019-05-13: For the past few years, colleagues at RRCHNM and I have been making maps of election returns to the …

2019-05-11: The 7 y.o. was amazed I had (and would wear) a shirt that is older than her.

2019-05-09: Software I used to love but now loathe: Jekyll Slack Software likely to head in that direction: …

2019-05-09: If you get the data model right, all the rest of the programming is so much easier. Get it wrong, …

2019-05-07: Making a Doodle poll. Q: What have I become? A: A middle manager.

2019-05-06: It’s my eleventh wedding anniversary and the last day of classes. Also, got tenured today.

2019-05-04: If you are on an Indie web platform like Micro.blog, then by definition you will be interested in …

2019-04-27: Church in the Wild Delighted to see Brett Grainger’s Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America in print. …

2019-04-27: There is a bug in Ruby (only on the Mac) that puts “the first shall be last and the last shall …

2019-04-23: NYU Press has added an open-access section called Open Square. I’m glad to see more academic …

2019-04-21: Illustrations for the Paschal Triduum From Maundy Thursday: From Good Friday: For Easter Sunday:

2019-04-19: I read @ayjay’s newsletter, then I read The Typewriter Revolution, and now I am looking for a green …

2019-04-18: A tribute to my departed colleague Marion Deshmukh (1945–2019), who was a professor in my department …

2019-04-17: The chart on “quality of question” vs “strength of evidence” in Roger Peng’s blog post about the …

2019-04-17: We are all tacitly agreeing not to ask one another to do anything new between now and the end of the …

2019-04-17: For a few months I’ve listened almost entirely to music and not podcasts. I am returning to …

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2019-04-12: Current status.

2019-04-10: My rules for giving talks. Make the audience—not yourself—look smart. Entertain, then educate. End …

2019-04-02: A gift from my emeritus colleague at lunch yesterday.

2019-03-28: My phone number is still from my home town, where I haven’t lived since 2006 and where I don’t know …

2019-03-27: I played chess with the 7 y.o. yesterday. After she captured both my bishops, she said, “No more …

2019-03-24: Almost all airports make Dulles look bad, but the Indianapolis airport in particular makes Dulles …

2019-03-13: At the Metro on a laptop tethered to a cell phone, SSHing into the workstation into my office, then …

2019-03-13: How many monitors does a person need? Answer: Just one more.

2019-03-11: Looking forward to having ten historians representing eight projects come this Friday to …

2019-03-02: How a team of researchers is “Detecting Footnotes in 32 million pages of ECCO.” That’s published in …

2019-03-02: The workshop on quantitative history that Chad Gaffield and Ian Milligan hosted this past week at …

2019-02-27: There are lies, damn lies, and text messages from United saying they “value your time.”

2019-02-23: Amazon is serving me ads that say “Make this your holiest Lent.” So I guess targeted …

2019-02-16: My colleague Mills Kelly on his work tracing the history of the Appalachian Trail, starting here in …

2019-02-16: Now that my department’s two job searches are over I feel like I can get this semester and my …

2019-02-09: Some of my colleagues are deeply gifted at commenting on draft work, and I always feel inadequate to …

2019-02-09: Gimlet Media didn’t make podcasting, but they certainly helped popularize it. Now with their …

2019-02-02: Emma Green reviewing Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise: Fifty-five years after the passage of …

2019-01-26: Both Happy Feet and Smallfoot have the same religious plot elements—plot elements that could have …

2019-01-24: Nashville Union and American, 11 May 1875.

2019-01-24: Went looking for the PDF of my book which had gone missing. It was in the directory “Desktop > …

2019-01-23: Had my customary start of the semester spat with the copy machine. If copiers were the dominant …

2019-01-22: Syllabus for “Computational History.”

2019-01-18: Semi-annual shoutout to Caleb McDaniel’s Generic Syllabus Maker.

2019-01-18: Draft syllabus for Global History of Christianity.

2019-01-17: Incredible that a five hundred page reader in the history of Christianity can contain exactly two …

2019-01-17: Robin Jensen’s new history of The Cross is an addition to my syllabus this semester. It’s my attempt …

2019-01-14: People, let me plead with you: your academic event does not need to be longer than one day. Unless …

2019-01-14: “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” should have been my auto-reply when trying to schedule …

2019-01-11: Grant submitted. That makes three this academic year so far.

2019-01-11: I’ve only been using Notion for about a week, but my cautious, reserved opinion is that it is …

2019-01-10: At ASCH in Chicago, I was on a panel with Shirley Mullen, whom I had never met. After a few minutes …

2019-01-10: True, fixing up my blog page was definitely not the most important thing I had to do today. But …

2019-01-09: Just as numismatics is a well-defined field, in future millennia archeologists will be able to date …

2019-01-09: This is hard to explain, but I had a keyboard/monitor plugged into a computer running Ubuntu, and …

2019-01-09: By deleting Slack.

2019-01-09: Fifty-six proposals for our workshops and special issue with the Journal of Social History. …

2019-01-08: Current status: recreational finding of studs.

2019-01-05: “My next two book projects” is the new “my next book project.”

2019-01-04: Happy belated birthday, Philip Schaff, born January 1, 1819, and founder of the American Society of …

2019-01-03: If you are at the AHA, check out this panel on “Lessons Learned from Three Digital Dissertations in …

2019-01-02: Tim Larsen’s religious biography of J. S. Mill for the Spiritual Lives series he edits at …

2019-01-02: Pro tip for collaboration: Don’t update the axis legends on your visualizations from variable …

2019-01-02: American religious history is everywhere. But sometimes it shows up in the public library parking …

2018-12-31: Helping family with their computers that do not have ad blockers installed has reacquainted me with …

2018-12-28: A collect for the Holy Innocents. We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of …

2018-12-22: Current status

2018-12-21: Converts and perverts What is the reciprocal term for a religious convert? You could use prepositions, as we do now, to …

2018-12-20: Thanks, American Academy of Religion. Framing this is not something I would have ever done for …

2018-12-19: Chad Gaffield and Ian Milligan are hosting a workshop on “Quantitative Analysis and the Digital Turn …

2018-12-19: My preference for having one obvious, correct way to do things without fuss and working in …

2018-12-18: There are about 230,000 of these schedules from the 1926 Census of Religious Bodies in the National …

2018-12-18: I learned the word stanine today. Who says standardized testing isn’t educational?

2018-12-18: The most surprising thing about being an academic has been how much of the job is evaluating other …

2018-12-18: I am unduly excited to be teaching “The Global History of Christianity” again next …

2018-12-17: It seems likely that nothing I will ever create will get more readers or users than this map of …

2018-12-17: The “Yes, Yes, No” segment in Episode #131 of Reply All is a brilliant example of close …

2018-12-15: I guess there was twice as much Christianity in the twentieth century.

2018-12-15: End of the semester status.

2018-12-15: Waiting for DNS to propagate, so the internet is already more fun.

2018-12-15: Trying to make the internet fun again. Going to give micro.blog a try, mostly because people whose …